Volgograd International Airport has daily air connections with Moscow as well as to popular holiday destinations in Turkey, such as Istanbul and Antalya.
For frequent buses to Elista (R625, six hours), Astrakhan (R950, 10 hours) and Rostov-on-Don (R900, nine hours), head to the Central Bus Station, a 750m walk across the tracks or through the underpass from the train station. Frequent buses leave from the train-station square to Moscow (R1500, 14 hours). Booths and offices there sell tickets.
Volgograd's impressive Stalinist-styled train station is located in the centre of the city, within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and sights. Buy tickets at counters inside the station.
Train connections from Volgograd include Astrakhan (around R1000, eight to 11 hours, two daily), Moscow (train 1, R1900, 19 hours, almost daily), Rostov-on-Don (R1200, 12½ hours, at least daily), Saratov (R1100, 7½ hours, frequent) and St Petersburg (R3000, 36 hours, at least daily) – train 79 is the best for St Petersburg.
There are cheaper but slower train connections to Moscow and St Petersburg.